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Gilat Announces First Quarter 2014 Results

– Profitability and gross margin improve compared to fourth quarter –

Petah Tikva, Israel, May 21, 2014 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Key Financial Highlights:

  • Non-GAAP operating income was $0.5 million, compared to a loss of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter 2013. GAAP operating loss was $1.5 million compared to a loss of $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013
  • Non-GAAP gross margin was 42%, compared to 39% in the fourth quarter 2013. GAAP gross margin was 39%, compared to 36% in the fourth quarter
  • Management reaffirms 2014 objectives for annual revenues of $240-$245 million and EBITDA margin levels of approximately 9%
  • Launched new products to market; Capricorn, CellEdge, BlackRay, Ka-band 50W BUC, and SR 300X-M
  • Announced two new Ka-Band and High Throughput Satellite contracts

Revenues for the first quarter of 2014 were $50.9 million, compared to $65.4 million for the same period in 2013. The main reasons for the decline in revenue were completion of past contracts in Colombia and completion of the installations for NBN Co in Australia.

On a non-GAAP basis, operating income was $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to an operating income of $3.0 million in the comparable quarter of 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, net loss for the quarter was $0.6 million or a loss of $0.01 per diluted share compared to net income of $1.8 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the same quarter of 2013.

GAAP operating loss for the first quarter was $1.5 million as compared to an operating income of $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2013. GAAP Net loss for the quarter was $2.7 million, or a loss of $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $2.4 million, or a loss of $0.05 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013.

EBITDA for the first quarter of 2014 was $2.8 million compared with $6.2 million in the comparable period in 2013.

“The quarter was highlighted by the launch of innovative new products, which are a result of our continued investment in technology,” said Erez Antebi, Chief Executive Officer of Gilat. “We also announced this quarter two important partnerships with high throughput satellite operators, Thaicom and Inmarsat.”

Antebi concluded, “Our improved profitability this quarter comes from our Commercial and Defense Divisions, as well as the cost-reduction steps we took last year. As we stated previously, we expect a stronger second half for the year coming from our growing commercial and defense activity as well as growth in revenues from projects in Peru and Colombia. We are on track to meet our previously stated 2014 management objectives.”

Corporate updates:
Amiram Levinberg, one of the founders of the company and Chairman of the Board, decided to step down from his position.
Dov Baharav was elected as the new Chairman of the Board of Gilat.

Key Recent Announcements:

  • Gilat Selected by Inmarsat as Global Xpress® Services Partner for New Fixed Land VSAT Opportunities
  • SES Broadband Services (SBBS) and Gilat Expand Consumer Ka-Band Services to Germany and Italy over SES’s recently launched ASTRA 2E Satellite
  • Gilat Announces Availability of SkyEdge II-c Capricorn Satellite VSAT with Exceptional Throughput Exceeding 200Mbps
  • Gilat showcases its new BlackRay terminals for Unmanned Platforms
  • Gilat Introduces StealthRay 300X-M Low-Profile Ultra-Compact X-Band Satellite-on-the-Move Antenna
  • Gilat Announces the Release of Wavestream’s 50-Watt Ka-Wideband BUC

The GAAP financial results include the effect of non-cash stock options expenses as per ASC 718, amortization of intangible assets resulting from the purchase price allocation, restructuring costs and net income (loss) from discontinued operations.

Conference Call and Webcast Details:

Gilat management will host a conference call today at 13:30 GMT/ 09:30 EDT/ 16:30 IDT (Israel Daylight Time) to discuss the results. International participants are invited to access the call at (972) 3-918-0644, and US-based participants are invited to access the call by dialing (888) 407-2553. A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at approximately 16:00 GMT/ 12:00 EDT/ 19:00 IDT today, until 16:00 GMT/ 12:00 EDT/ 19:00 IDT May 23, 2014. International participants are invited to access the replay at (972) 3-925-5900 and US-based participants are invited to access the replay by dialing (888) 326-9310. A replay of the call may also be accessed as a webcast via Gilat’s website at www.gilat.com and will be archived for 30 days.

Notes:

(1) The attached summary financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The attached summary financial statements are unaudited. To supplement the consolidated financial information and statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company presents its EBITDA before the impact of non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization, other income and other costs related to acquisition transactions. Non-GAAP presentations of net income, EBITDA and earnings per share are provided to enhance the understanding of the Company’s historical financial performance and comparability between periods.

We regularly use supplemental non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand manage and evaluate our business and make operating decisions. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures provide consistent and comparable measures to help investors understand our current and future operating cash flow performance. These non-GAAP financial measures may differ materially from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

(2) Operating income before depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock based compensation as per ASC 718 and other costs related to acquisition transactions (‘EBITDA’) is presented because it is a measure commonly used and is presented solely in order to improve the understanding of the Company’s operating results and to provide further perspective on these results. EBITDA, however, should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or net income for the period as an indicator of the operating performance of the Company.
Similarly, EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures for other companies. EBITDA may not be indicative of the historic operating results of the Company; nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results. . A reconciliation of specific adjustments to GAAP results is provided in the tables below.

About Gilat
Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat’s high-performance SOTM solutions. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

Certain statements made herein that are not historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “estimate”, “project”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gilat to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, inability to maintain market acceptance to Gilat’s products, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, rapid changes in the market for Gilat’s products, loss of market share and pressure on prices resulting from competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, inability to manage growth and expansion, loss of key OEM partners, inability to attract and retain qualified personnel, inability to protect the Company’s proprietary technology and risks associated with Gilat’s international operations and its location in Israel. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties associated with Gilat’s business, reference is made to Gilat’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Gilat Satellite Networks
Doron Elinav
doronE@gilat.com

KCSA Strategic Communications
Phil Carlson – Vice President
(212) 896-1233
pcarlson@kcsa.com

Vincent G. Piazza- Account Executive
(212) 896-1289
vpiazza@kcsa.com